I have been doing a blog tidy up, and in my 'trash' folder was this; the speech I wrote last year for a local charity. I have removed the name of the charity, but the content is the same. I felt like it was a shame to write a speech and only share it with … Continue reading SURVIVOR SPEECH- published X
Another guest post very kindly contributed by a writer and mum. For the back story to this piece...please see her guest post titled One Child Too Many. To provide some context, this was written in the immediate aftermath of the UK premier league footballers who bravely came forward, losing their anonymity, to discuss how they had … Continue reading GUEST POST- Stranger Danger *tw
Here is another wonderful guest post **TW.....trigger warnings in place here as there are references to sexual abuse and mental health crisis. Please take care when you read Xx "I’ve always felt just a little bit ‘different’. You could say out of place, or lost - my Grandad would have said a square peg … Continue reading GUEST POST – complex-PTSD
Here is a wonderfully uplifting and inspiring piece shared with me by a lovely lady I met at a local networking event in the north east (UK). Her name is Joanna, and she has a unique hypnobirthing business which you can read all about on her Mamazons website. This is my very first blog and … Continue reading GUEST POST- Bird of HOPE
Another day and another guest blog; this time from someone who is a relative newcomer to the blogging world....I hope you love this piece. Trigger warning......The post includes some very straight talking descriptions of self-harm and suicidality, so please only read if you feel emotionally safe doing so at this point in time. I personally … Continue reading GUEST POST- Life & Death *tw
I am SO happy to be blogging today. Blogging- I have missed you! I am LOVING including guest posts on Summer Starts to Shine and am getting as much pleasure (if not more pleasure) from sharing the writing of other lovely people; but this morning I need to write just for me. Writing is how … Continue reading WHEN WE ARE THE CROP
Trigger warning** This wonderful post is a frankly written and very emotionally powerful first person testimony written by a very brave lady, detailing her reactions following her daughter's disclosure of sexual abuse at the hands of her husband. This is a topic very close to my heart and I thank and applaud the writer here … Continue reading GUEST POST- One child too many
I am proud to share this wonderful piece about a child growing up with a relative with Bipolar Disorder, and how this was perceived through the eyes of a child. For a link to the writer's blog, please click on the link at the end x Granny Was Here This feels a bit strange this … Continue reading GUEST POST- Granny was here
LINDA'S BLOG Blogging is new to me, so not sure if you can teach an old dog new tricks! At 54 I am definitely an ‘old dog’ although I have been called a ‘bitch’ too many times to remember, ha ha ha. As a favour to ‘a beautiful lady who shines’ I have agreed to … Continue reading GUEST POST- Palliative
This is the first of my shiny guest posts here on Summer Starts to Shine. This is the first poem ever written and published by a very special blogger friend of mine....my friend Claire blogs over on her Red Balloons blog site (which you can find HERE.) It's short.....only a few lines....but there is so … Continue reading GUEST POST- 4.30am thoughts
Warriors don't always wear robes, and we're not always men; Our drum beat is different; and there's so rousing uniting anthem of mental health zen. This illness hurts BAD and was never our choice; Which is why it’s so important to exploit the gift (otherwise known as our voice). Choice-less trauma dictated I was led … Continue reading WARRIORS – A poem x
Live in the moment, say the Buddhists. Live in the moment, say the mindfulness enthusiasts. Live in the moment, say the mental health professional peeps. HAVE A HOT BATH WITH RAINFOREST/WHALE MUSIC PLAYING. WATCH THE STEAMY VAPOUR PERMEATE OFF THE TOP SURFACE OF YOUR WARM BEVERAGE. SIT BY THE SEA AND TAKE IN DEEP LUNGFULS … Continue reading MOVEMENT, N.O.T MINDFULNESS.
Making sense of life; things, people, sensations, emotions, situations- you name it, it's not easy is it, for any of us. There is not always sense to be made, or sense is elusive as life is intrinsically complex; human beings even more so. If I could extract the contents of my mind right now in … Continue reading #LACK/ABUNDANCE- IN FIVE WORDS
You'll find me in my wishing well, once upon a dream Voicing anthems of survivors till my tears dry clean Never will I stop defending those like me No matter how tough it is to urge the blind to wake up and see Maybe they'll NEVER see?- maybe their blindness is a permanent forever But … Continue reading BRAND NEW DAY POEM
Am I mad? And what is madness anyway? How do you define yourself? Do you fit into the category of 'mad'? What does madness mean to you? Does that determine whether or not you are mad? 'Mad' is a word that is has strong connotations and will be interpreted in differing ways dependent on who you are, how … Continue reading WHAT IS MAD & AM I IT?